We all know there is an issue with gender and the take up of girls for GCSE Computer Science. The Royal Society report was clear that more research should be done in this area.
CAS member, Terry Critchley, has been working with the CAS
Include working group on a short survey and I’m asking if you would be
willing to circulate this to girls in your school between now and the end of
term. I know it’s busy and you are asked to complete a number of surveys
at this time but while the girls are thinking about options for GCSE and A
Level, or indeed have already made them, it’s a good time to ask for their view
on why they have opted for the subject … or not.
The link to the survey is here: https://goo.gl/G1CJnN. Can you share this link with girls, aged 14-18, in your school inviting them to participate? It’s completely anonymous and data will be used to inform CAS, CAS Include and all those concerned about gender in CS and are working to address the issue.
Dr. Terry Critchley is a retired IT consultant living near Manchester. He joined IBM as a Systems Engineer and spent 24 years there in a variety of specialisations, latterly joining Oracle and Sun Microsystems. Terry is now an author of numerous IT articles and books. (https://www.crcpress.com/Making-It-in-IT/Critchley/9781498782760). The most recent article on the perceived 'IT Skills Shortage' takes a very different line from the usual solutions (more money and more courses) and is based on his 48 years in IT, both working at the coal face and in researching and writing on the subject. Responses generated from the survey will support work on understanding the IT skills shortage.